Sam Harris on The Credibility of Biblical Miracles
Harris completely destroys the logic behind believing in Christianity within four minutes.
The entire two hour debate which features Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Dan Dennett going head to head with Dinesh D’Souza, Shmuley Boteach and Nassim Taleb with Robert Wright taking a neutral stance on the existence of God can be viewed here (*warning the full debate link has audio problems).
My journey from doubt to denial is summed up perfectly in these four minutes from the almighty Mr. Sam Harris. This is why I changed my mind, my life, my future, my outlook, my dreams, my hopes, (some of) my friendships, my gods. This is it, and I am ever grateful and thankful.
The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that’s what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong.
My very favorite Maher quote, and one of my favorite quotes of all time.
When theologians throw out anomalies that threaten their paradigms, they respect their interpretation of truth more than truth, or worse, believe their interpretation of truth is actually truth. They use terms like Biblical and heretic to convince themselves and others that their interpretation is the real truth and others are a threat to “the gospel” or to God Himself.
Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it? Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.
The highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others
I'm just curious what kind of TRUTH made you modify your ever changing beliefs?
The kind that follows evidence instead of mythology.
The kind that values facts over faith.
The kind that is okay with “I don’t know” being the answer to any given question, instead of supplanting logic with magical thinking.
what made you steer away from your beliefs as a christian?
A deep and sincere interest in following Truth, wherever it may lead. When presented with new evidence I am open to modifying my previously held beliefs. The same still holds true to this day… the journey is not over.
It’s also commonly imagined that atheists think there’s nothing beyond human life and human understanding. The truth is that atheists are free to admit that there’s much about the universe we don’t understand. I mean, it is obvious we don’t understand the universe. But it is even more obvious that neither the Bible nor the Koran reflects our best understanding of it.